Oregon DUI Driver Who Killed Burien Boy In August Pleads ‘Guilty’
An Oregon man accused of causing a crash on Aug. 21 that killed Gabriel Arthur Pena, a 3-month old baby boy from Burien, pleaded guilty Wednesday (Nov. 30) to vehicular homicide, according to The Columbian.
Christopher A. Roman, 26, who admitted to being intoxicated when he crashed into the baby’s parents’ car near Vancouver, WA, made the plea in Clark County Superior Court. He’ll be sentenced Dec. 9, and faces between four and a half to five and a half years in prison, according to prosecutors.
Roman was previously convicted of a DUI in California in 2005.
“I’m about to Vent BIG time… I just found out that the Man who killed 3 mo old Gabriel Pena, while drinking and driving got 3-4 yrs on a Plea Bargain,” reads a comment on the Memorial Fund for Baby Gabriel Facebook page, which continues, “Please tell me how a 2nd DUI Offender can get off with such an easy sentence, This person was also reported to 911 by 3 other people, as he drove like an insane maniac down I-5 before he hit Terra Piña’s car???!!! I am totally outraged…He killed a 3 month old baby, his family will never recover from their loss and that BASTARD gets off that easy…???? TELL ME WHERE THE JUSTICE IS FOR GABRIEL….For The Pina Family…??? I am Sickened by this…”
As we previously reported:
The Washington State Patrol says the accident happened on northbound I-5 as two adults, one from Burien and the other from Kent, were trying to change a flat tire along the side of the freeway. The drunk driver apparently lost control of his Acura, hit a barrier, then crashed into the disabled, parked car, injuring the adults and killing the baby inside.
Police say that the parents, Terra Pina, 21, of Burien, and Angel Pena, 23, of Kent, were on the shoulder attempting to fix a flat tire. The infant, inside the car at the time of the crash, died at the scene.
Donations are still being accepted for the Pena family – click here for more info on how you can help them.
Read the full story in The Columbian here.